The fishermen of Noordwijk and Katwijk and Scheveningen went every year herring fishing near Lerwick.
Our Grandfather went there as well as a seventeen year old boy.
He told us many a time about his big adventure.
He fell ill with typhoid and could not stay on the vessel he came on The SCH 352.
This happened on the 25th Of June 1898.
It was even in The Shetland Times.Almost 100 hundred years ago.
Shetland Times 25 juni 1898
Shetland Times - Saturday 27 August 1898
On the 27th of August he was allowed to return home.
The minister was there to take care of the 3000-4000 Dutch fishermen that visited Lerwick.He stated that there was hardley any drunken or misbehaving Dutchmen .
He went then with our grandfather back on the ss St Rognvald .
The trip back to Holland could not done by herringship, but had to be done by ferry and overland.
So they went this wayfrom Lerwick to Aberdeen and from there to London.
And there Grandpa told us this remarkable story.....
I had to go to the toilet and there was not one .
"so I had to do it in some bushes"
However I was spotted by a Bobby .
Who told me "that will cost you a pound".
I replied.... looking at what I produced.....You can take that pound .There is more then enough there...
Grandpa did not go to sea anymore but worked in the bulbfields instead.
The fishermen brought back not only the herring but also Staffordshire flatback dogs and peppermint.